‘Fifteen-year-old twins Maisy and Duncan Mitcham have always had each other. Until the fateful day in the wood . . .’
Today I am delighted to be on a very special blogtour with Lesley Pearse and her 25th novel The Woman in the Wood.
To celebrate this momentous event, every stop on the blogtour has a unique fact about Lesley Pearse and her books.
The Woman in The Wood is described as ‘a powerful, passionate and sinister tale of a young woman’s courage, friendship and determination from one of the world’s favourite storytellers.’
My Lesley factoid today is in relation to her 6th book Rosie. Please do read on for more….
Rosie ~ Book 6 [Published 1996]
Rosie: The inspiration for Rosie came when I heard Fred West’s daughter talking on the radio after he’d been arrested. I wondered how anyone could live with knowing your father was so wicked. Then the story of Rosie came to me. But the most interesting part of my research was about mental hospitals.
Book Info ~ The Woman in the Wood
One night in 1960, the twins awake to find their father pulling their screaming mother from the house. She is to be committed to an asylum. It is, so their father insists, for her own good.
It’s not long before they, too, are removed from their London home and sent to Nightingales – a large house deep in the New Forest countryside – to be watched over by their cold-hearted grandmother, Mrs Mitcham. Though they feel abandoned and unloved, at least here they have something they never had before – freedom.
The twins are left to their own devices, to explore, find new friends and first romances. That is until the day that Duncan doesn’t come back for dinner. Nor does he return the next day. Or the one after that.
When the bodies of other young boys are discovered in the surrounding area the police appear to give up hope of finding Duncan alive. With Mrs Mitcham showing little interest in her grandson’s disappearance, it is up to Maisy to discover the truth. And she knows just where to start. The woman who lives alone in the wood about whom so many rumours abound. A woman named Grace Deville.
Purchase Link ~ The Woman in The Wood